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Exploring Scottish roots – one-day class on sourcing family history

By on June 24, 2015

Keen to explore your Scottish roots? A new one-day event at Glasgow University led by historian and West End Report contributor Ronnie Scott will explain the wide variety of sources available for the family historian, in Scotland and on the internet.

It will look at the foundation sources for births, marriages and deaths, as well as more advanced employment, legal, land and directory records.

In the afternoon, there will be a guided visit to Glasgow University Archives, which has records of the university’s students and staff, employment registers for a number of significant Scottish companies, undertaker records and a wide range of other materials of interest to the family historian.

This is a great chance to learn about the wide variety of sources available for researching your family history, but also to see and use some of the vast resources of the university archives. Perfect for beginners, or those wanting to learn about different types of sources beyond the birth, marriage and death records on Scotland’s People.

The day school runs from 10am-4pm on Thursday July 16, with a one-hour break for lunch (own arrangements). The morning session will be in the St Andrews Building in Eldon Street (near Kelvinbridge Subway) and the afternoon session in Glasgow University Archives in Thurso Street (near Kelvinhall Subway).

The total cost is £30, and you can book by phoning 0141 330 1860 or 1853 or 2772. For a full programme, please visit the Centre for Open Studies webpage (Short courses) at

Pic – Your family tree may not be as complicated as this … but it will make just as interesting reading.


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